Wednesday, 16 February 2011 11:37
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) _ The South Dakota Senate State Affairs
Committee has rejected a bill that would have prohibited state
courts from using certain foreign laws, including forms of Islamic
law known as Sharia.
The bill would have made void any court decisions or contracts
signed in a country that doesn't have the same protections as the
U.S. and South Dakota constitutions. Republican Sen. Dan Lederman
of Dakota Dunes said his bill would protect South Dakotans who
travel abroad or deal with foreign countries.
Lederman's proposal mimics laws discussed in Oklahoma and other
Legal and business advocates argued the bill wasn't needed and
would hurt companies doing business abroad. South Dakota Attorney
General Marty Jackley said he thought the bill would lead to
lawsuits against the state.
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